What We Like
Easy-find, leak-proof lids
Tempered glass containers are oven-safe up to 425°F
Microwave and dishwasher safe
What We Don't Like
Containers get very hot in the microwave
If you’re like us and you have a kitchen cabinet that’s overflowing with worn-out Tupperware and mismatched lids, this container set can help you make the transition from cluttered to clean. With its easy-find lids and a nested design, the Rubbermaid Food Storage Container Set is ideal not only for keeping food fresh but also for keeping cabinets organized. If you’re interested in upgrading your food storage collection but aren’t sure which brand is best, read on for our verdict.
Design: Compact and Versatile
This smartly designed 10-piece set includes one 1-cup, two 1.5-cup, one 2.5-cup, and one 4-cup container, each with a coordinating lid. Rubbermaid’s “easy-find” lids snap on to the bottom of containers when not in use and to each other. This feature helped keep our cabinets organized and ensured that we could always find lids when we needed them. The containers also nestle neatly inside each other, which saved valuable cabinet space in our tiny kitchen.
The glass containers are as versatile as they are space-saving. You can store them in the fridge, use them for meal prep, microwave leftovers in them, and even bake with them in the oven—all of which we tested over the course of a couple of weeks.
We found the larger containers to be perfectly sized for both leftover dinners and work lunches, while the smaller containers were ideal for snacks and sauces. During the two weeks that we tested this set, we used the 1-cup and 1.5-cup containers to store unused portions of cans of beans and olives—which incentivized us to make the most out of even the littlest of leftovers—and to store single servings of cherries and chocolate-covered almonds, which encouraged portion control. We also used these smaller containers to store leftover sauces and salad dressings.
We used the 2.5-cup and 4-cup containers to store three days’ worth of lunches that we prepped in advance for the workweek. Since the containers are microwave safe, we could easily store, heat up, and eat our meals in the same container.
The containers … nestle neatly inside each other, which saved valuable cabinet space in our tiny kitchen.
Some online reviewers have reported that their containers shattered after just a few minutes in the microwave. We tested our containers up to five minutes in the microwave and they survived just fine. However, we noticed that the containers were often too hot to handle after a couple of minutes or more in the microwave, so it’s best to safely remove them with pot holders.
We also tested the containers for leakage by filling them with water, turning them upside down, and shaking them around vigorously. We were impressed to find that the lids remained tightly fastened to the containers and none of the liquid leaked out. We also tested the containers in a more realistic situation—bringing soup to work—and they performed just as admirably. The “press to seal” button feature in the middle of the lid made it easier to close the containers and gave us a sense of reassurance that the contents would remain safely stored inside.
One thing we don’t appreciate about the lids is how deeply they sit in the container, as they make the dish a little more shallow than we’d like. This is especially noticeable in the 2.5-cup container, which is already pretty shallow. While we liked the variety of sizes, we didn’t have as much use for the 1-cup container and would have preferred a third 1.5-cup container instead.
Material: High quality and non-toxic
One great thing about these containers is that they’re made of BPA-free materials, which means they don’t contain Bisphenol A, a harmful chemical commonly used to harden plastic food containers. But as new research shows that “BPA-free” doesn’t always mean better, you can take some solace in knowing that glass containers are always a safer bet than plastic.
These particular containers are made of lead- and barium-free Tritan glass. The tempered glass containers are oven-safe up to 425°F, making this set ideal for baking as well as reheating. We used the three smallest containers to make miniature chicken pot pies, which came out perfectly flaky and delicious. We also liked that the simple yet attractive glass containers doubled as serving containers, easily making the transition from our oven to our kitchen table.
Care: Quick and easy
With dishwasher-safe containers and top-rack dishwasher-safe lids, this set is a breeze to clean. We ran each piece through our dishwasher at least three times, and they washed very well, with the plastic lids remaining unwarped and as tight-fitting as the day we got them.
With dishwasher-safe containers and top-rack dishwasher-safe lids, this set is a breeze to clean.
Price: Great Value for the Price
Glass food storage containers are certainly more expensive than plastic ones, but we think this $30 set offers a great value for the price—especially since it can be used for food storage, serving, baking, and more.
Rubbermaid Food Storage Container Set vs. Pyrex Simply Store Round Food Container Set
To see how the Rubbermaid performed against its competitors we also tested the Pyrex Simply Store Food Container Set. Pyrex’s $18, six-piece set includes a 2-cup, 4-cup, and 7-cup round container—each with a blue plastic lid. Like the Rubbermaid containers, the Pyrex containers can also be used for storage, baking, serving, cooking, and microwaving. Some perks of the Pyrex set are that it comes with a 2-year warranty; it’s made of nonporous glass, so it won’t absorb food odors, flavors, or stains; and it can withstand any temperature in the oven, as long as it’s preheated and not on a broiler setting. Though the Pyrex containers are technically nestable, we prefer the way the Rubbermaid set snaps neatly together for a secure fit.
- Product Name Glass Food Storage Container Set with Easy-Find Lids
- Product Brand Rubbermaid
- Price $29.99
- Weight 5.75 lbs.
- Material Tritan glass
- Warranty 1 year
- What’s Included One 1-cup dish, two 1.5-cup dishes, one 2.5-cup dish, and one 4-cup dish each with a lid